From Our Partners at the VA: The VA, HUD, and USICH Community Planning Survey

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is inviting communities to complete the 2nd VA, HUD, and USICH Community Planning Survey. The purpose of the survey is to help us to better understand community progress related to ending Veteran homelessness and the development of sustainable systems. The information gathered as a part of this survey will help the VA—along with HUD and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH)—tailor training and technical assistance so that it more effectively addresses local needs. Responses should be inclusive of the perspectives of the Continuum of Care (CoC) (or the CoC’s official representative in cases where the Veteran Work Group/Subcommittee has been designated by the CoC to respond), Veteran Work Groups/Subcommittees, the VA Medical Center(s) homeless leadership covering the CoC, Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) grantees, Grant and Per Diem (GPD) grantees, and other Community Partners.
Survey submissions will be one (1) response per CoC. While SSVF grantees will facilitate submissions in the survey tool, it is critical that community dialogue occur to prepare a response that accurately depicts community progress and needs. This survey is not an evaluation; it has no impact on funding, awards, or compliance. Open and honest responses are needed.
The survey is due on or before Friday, June 15, 2018.
The following resources are available:
Questions? For questions and support related to the survey, please contact Adrienne at and include your CoC name and number.
We sincerely appreciate your work with community planning and implementation to end Veteran homelessness.
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Save the Date: June 8 - Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee Meeting

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Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee Virtual Public Meeting

Friday, June 8, 2018 | 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Eastern Time
Members of the public can attend the open, public portion of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC) meeting via telephone or webcast. The meeting can be accessed via webcast on the HHS Live Stream channel on June 8. To join by telephone, call 888-928-9713 and enter passcode 7160920. If you have questions or to request special accommodations for persons with disabilities, contact
The public comment section is scheduled for 1–2 p.m. Eastern Time. Individuals interested in submitting a comment must notify the Designated Federal Official, Ms. Pamela Foote, on or before May 24, 2018, via email at
For more information, visit SAMHSA's ISMICC webpage.

Headlines: Up to $23.4 Million Available for the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program

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May 17, 2018
SAMHSA Headlines—Your one-stop source for the latest from SAMHSA.


Up to $23.4 Million Available for the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program

SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Grant Program totaling up to $23.4 million over the next 5 years. The purpose of this program is to improve outcomes for young children by developing, maintaining, or enhancing infant and early childhood mental health promotion, intervention, and treatment services. SAMHSA expects to fund up to 9 grantees with up to $500,000 per year for up to five years. The application due date is June 29, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. (EST).

Up to $210 Million Available for Project AWARE State Education Agency Grants

SAMHSA is accepting applications for Project AWARE (Advancing Wellness and Resiliency in Education) State Education Agency grants totaling up to $210 million over the next five years. The purpose of this program is to build or expand the capacity of State Educational Agencies, in partnership with State Mental Health Agencies overseeing school-aged youth and local education agencies, to: (1) increase awareness of mental health issues among school-aged youth; (2) provide training for school personnel and other adults who interact with school-aged youth to detect and respond to mental health issues; and (3) connect school-aged youth, who may have behavioral health issues (including serious emotional disturbance or serious mental illness) and their families to needed services. The application due date is June 4, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. (EST).

Up to $47.4 Million Available for Mental Health Awareness Training

SAMHSA is accepting applications for Mental Health Awareness Training grants (Short Title: MHAT) totaling up to $47.4 million over the next three years.The purpose of this program is to: (1) train individuals (e.g., school personnel, emergency first responders, law enforcement, veterans, armed services members and their families) to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental disorders, particularly serious mental illness and/or serious emotional disturbance; (2) establish linkages with school- and/or community-based mental health agencies to refer individuals with the signs or symptoms of mental illness to appropriate services; (3) train emergency services personnel, veterans, law enforcement, fire department personnel, and others to identify persons with a mental disorder and employ crisis de-escalation techniques; and (4) educate individuals about resources that are available in the community for individuals with a mental disorder. The application due date is June 8, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. (EST).

Up to $37.5 Million Available for the Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program

SAMHSA is accepting applications for the Tribal Behavioral Health Grant Program (Short Title: Native Connections) totaling up to $37.5 million over the next 5 years. The purpose of this program is to prevent and reduce suicidal behavior and substance use, reduce the impact of trauma, and promote mental health among American Indian/Alaska Native youth through the age of 24 years. The application due date is June 22, 2018 by 11:59 p.m. (EST).


Improving Life Outcomes for Children with History of Mental Health Challenges and Trauma

A new report indicates that nearly half (46 percent) of the nation's children from birth through 17 years of age report having experienced at least one traumatic event in their lifetime. The Helping Children and Youth Who Have Traumatic Experiences report is based on data from Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) National Survey of Children's Health (NSCH) which provides national and state level estimates of key measures of child health and well-being.


First National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day

May 18, 2018 | 10 a.m.—12:30 p.m. Eastern Time
SAMHSA and the Administration for Community Living, together with the National Coalition on Mental Health and Aging, invite you to the first National Older Adult Mental Health Awareness Day. This discussion is designed to raise public awareness about the mental health of older Americans and spur action to address the needs of this population. HHS Assistant Secretary for Mental Health and Substance Use, Elinore McCance-Katz, M.D., Ph.D., along with HHS Assistant Secretary for Aging, Lance Robertson, will provide opening remarks.

Addressing Behavioral Health Needs of Older Veterans: In Our Communities and in Partnership Webinar

May 22, 2018 | 12—1 p.m. Eastern Time
Join SAMHSA for a webinar to celebrate the month of May, which is designated as National Military Appreciation Month, Older Americans Month, and Mental Health Month. This webinar will offer information to help community service providers understand the behavioral health needs of older veterans, identify resources for which older veterans may be eligible, and discuss recent federal initiatives to coordinate mental health services with services for the elderly and veterans.

Understanding Assisted Outpatient Treatment (AOT) Webinar

May 22, 2018 | 2—3 p.m. Eastern Time
This educational webinar, hosted by the SAMHSA's Center for Mental Health Services, explores AOT—a strategy that involves petitioning courts to order individuals experiencing serious mental illness to enter and remain in community-based treatment for a specific period of time.

The Opioid Crisis: Prevention, Pain Management and Pharmacology, Social Impact and Best Practices for Program Development and Effectiveness Webinar

June 5, 2018 | 10—11:30 a.m. Eastern Time
The opioid crisis is a national issue and primary target for national prevention and the SAMHSA Prevention Learning Community will present information via a subject matter expert panel to address the issues regarding trends, research, policy, social impact and highlights of best practices all attendees can utilize to enhance prevention programs at the national, regional, state, tribal and local level. The event will serve an important role in enhancing collaboration and prevention efforts to build capacity and promote health and wellness for all communities. 

System Performance Measures: Submittal Deadline Reminder

FY 2017 System Performance Measures Report data must be submitted via HUD’s Homelessness Data Exchange (HDX) web portal by Thursday, May 31, 2018 8:00 PM EDT.
Continuums of Care (CoCs) should consider the following issues as they prepare to submit their data.

System Performance Measures Report Data in the 2018 CoC Program Competition

Meeting the data submission deadline for the System Performance Measures Report has historically been a factor considered by HUD in the annual CoC Program Competition. CoCs should consider the amount of time it may take to compile and enter information needed to meet the 2018 reporting requirements.

2018 System Performance Measures: FY 2017 Data Guidance

For detailed information on how to submit FY 2017 System Performance Measures data in HDX, CoCs should review the Data Submission Manual from the System Performance Measures page. CoCs can also review a recording of the March 13, 2018 Data Submission Guidance Webinar.


If you have any questions about the HIC, PIT, or the System Performance Measures data submission process, please visit the Ask a Question (AAQ) portal on the HUD Exchange. Under “My question is related to”: select “HDX Homelessness Data Exchange (including PIT, HIC, AHAR, Sys PM, and PDX).
HUD will do its best to respond to questions submitted after 5:00 PM EDT on May 31, 2018 but cannot guarantee that staff will be able to respond prior to the data submission deadline.
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School shootings in the US compared with the rest of the world

The US has had 57 times as many school shootings as the other major industrialized nations combined

Updated 5:08 PM ET, Mon May 21, 2018
 (CNN)School shootings are a reality in America, an average of one a week just this year alone.

But how does the US compare with other countries in the world?

That's difficult to ascertain because very little research exists to quantify that.

For the purposes of this analysis, we followed the criteria below -

The scope: First, we looked at the G7 countries -- the countries with the largest advanced economies in the world.

The countries are Canada, the US, Japan, Germany, Italy, France, the UK.

The time period: From January 1, 2009 to May 21, 2018.

The definition: The parameters we followed in this count are -
  • Shooting must involve at least one person being shot (not including the shooter)
  • Shooting must occur on school grounds
  • We included gang violence, fights and domestic violence (but our count is NOT limited to those categories)
  • We included grades Kindergarten through college/university level as well as vocational schools
  • We included accidental discharge of a firearm as long as the first two parameters are met
The analysis: For US stats, CNN reviewed media reports and a variety of databases including those from the Gun Violence Archive and Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems. For international stats, we looked at local and national media reports.

The caveat: Reporting on non-fatal school shootings is not always available. There may be additional school shootings with injuries that did not make it into the newspaper or digital publications, and therefore aren't counted in databases that rely on media reports. This is true for shootings in the US and elsewhere.

What we found:
There have been at least 288 school shootings in the United States since January 1, 2009.
That's 57 times as many shootings as the other six G7 countries combined.

Broadening out the list

    Next, we wanted to broaden our list out to include some countries that were mentioned in a few of the viral posts that were going around this weekend.

    In some of the incidents, the casualty count is very high (the Peshawar siege; the Kenya attack). But when it comes to the frequency of attacks, the US still leads by a wide margin.

    Number of school shootings in the US compared with select countries

    When compared with countries that were mentioned in a few viral social media posts, the US still leads in frequency of school shootings since January 1, 2009.

    Shooting incidents
    United States 288
    Mexico 8
    South Africa 6
    India 5
    Pakistan 4
    Nigeria 4
    Afghanistan 3
    France 2
    Canada 2
    Brazil 2
    Greece 1
    China 1
    Kenya 1
    Azerbaijan 1
    Germany 1
    Russia 1
    Estonia 1
    Turkey 1
    Hungary 1
    Spain None identified
    Australia None identified
    Switzerland None identified
    Italy None identified
    Japan None identified
    Netherlands None identified
    Argentina None identified
    United Kingdom None identified